We were blown away by last year’s Stems of Hope gala and we called it the best Charity Gala of 2013 (also amazing was Stems of Hope 2012). So this year’s 5th annual Stems of Hope gala helped to continue propelling awareness and funding for this amazing cause in a big way.
THRIVE, the theme for the evening’s soiree was a celebration of the incredible progress the charity has made since the inaugural gala in 2010. The Kool Haus was accordingly transformed into a lounge in a lush fantasy forest setting.
Hosted by Cheryl Hickey (ET Canada) and Anthony Farnell (Global Toronto) with performances by Toronto’s cover band Dwayne Gretzky, Jesse Labelle and superstar Kardinal Offishall, there was certainly never a dull moment. We checked out the silent auction items and innovative assistive technologies on display as guests sampled tasty offerings from Dave & Busters, Fonda Lola, Oyster Boy, Foodee and more. There was also a sweet tooth station called “Candy Emporium”.
A dynamic live auction ensued with amazing prizes such as backstage passes to the Victoria Secret Fashion Show in London, England.
However, the real highlights of the event were the sincere heartfelt speeches and awards including the speech by Three To Be founder Dana Florence followed by an inspiring speech by the recipients of the gala’s Three To Be Hero Awards, which honors heroic efforts of individuals making a difference in the lives of children with neurological disorders.
One of those heroes honoured Toronto’s Olivia Wise, who was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour and passed away last Nov 2013 at the age of 16. Her positive spirit shone through her circumstances in her YouTube video of “Roar” which was acknowledged by Katy Perry.
Olivia Wise, I can hear you singing with the angels now. Your spirit & strength has inspired me & so many others… May you rest in peace.
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) November 26, 2013
Congrats to everyone involved at Three To Be for the achievements in the past 5 years and the lives that were changed due to the organization’s efforts raising $2.5 million to date, funding research for children with a broad spectrum of neurological disorders.
For more information visit www.threetobe.org
Photos by Nick Lee
Check out the great video of the event by Signature Gold: